Periodic testing of lifting equipment
Check the test certificate
In some countries, lifting equipment is subject to statutory testing and certification. If that is the case where you work, the test certificate should be attached to, or displayed near the lifting equipment that it refers to. Before using this equipment, make sure that the most recent inspection recorded is still within the prescribed time limit, and that the certificate has not expired.
Check the equipment
If your lifting equipment is not required by law to be tested and certified, it is good practice anyway to carry out regular periodic checks on the serviceability of all of the lifting equipment in your workplace. Refer to the manufacturer's handbook to find out how often they recommend maintenance tests and make sure that these occur. It is usually every 6 months in the case of hoists and lifts, but may be longer for larger items of lifting equipment.